Q - 7/92, p.994 Stars
- Excellent - "..The visceral thrash of Washington D.C.'s Shudder To Think is not only mellow, but tempered with a rapturous pop sensibility with soaring choruses, frissons of soft metal, jazz-funky tempo changes and Craig Wedren's semi-operatic vocal.."
Option - Sept.-Oct./92, p.128
"..Pop harmonies with controlled falsettos and blissful croons that Brian Wilson would salute, but delivered with an anarchist's smirk and situated above the dissonance and heaviness.."
Musician - 9/92, p.106
"..verges on art-rock. Except that art-rock never kicked this hard.."
Shudder To Think: Craig Wedren (vocals, guitar); Chris Matthews (guitar); Stuart Hill (bass); Mike Russell (drums).
Personnel: Craig Wedren (vocals, guitar); Chris Matthews (guitar); Mike Russell (drums).
Audio Mixer: Eli Janney.
Recording information: Black Pond Studios.
Illustrator: Laura Costas.
Photographer: Jim Saah.
Unknown Contributor Role: Shudder to Think.
On the fourth release by art rockers Shudder to Think, Get Your Goat, the band created a record that with each additional spin reveals something new. The final studio album with guitarist Chris Matthews and drummer Mike Russell proved to be one of their most consistent. The album also turned out to be the first step toward their trademark textured sound (later achieved on Pony Express Record and 50,000 B.C.), shedding the straight-ahead production of the previous Funeral at the Movies and Ten Spot. "Goat" and "Pebbles" are a couple of classic Shudder tracks that engage the listener with their genre-bending music and nonsensical lyrics. The chromatic riffing of "Baby Drop" and "Rain-Covered Cat" confirms the group's technical proficiency, and "She Wears He-Harem" shows off Craig Wedren's maturing skills as a vocalist. This would also be the last release for Dischord Records by Shudder to Think, as the group inked a deal with Epic afterwards. The last release by all four original members more than met the standard set by the band's previous efforts. ~ Greg Prato